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After watching Michael Vick throw for 330 yards and 4 TDs last night, most of them in the first half, and run for 80 more, while leading Philadelphia to a 59-28 victory over Washington, the radio talking heads today are beating to death Vick's "comeback" from prison, still wondering if he deserves a second chance.
As a football fan, this bothers me. Vick has been so great this season, why not just talk about what he's doing on the field? Because it is pretty historic. Beyond Vick, why not mention that some of his great stats come from the people who surround him in the NFL's most explosive offense. And the youngest, too, when it comes to skill position players.
The Eagles lead off with 23-year-old Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson, who is averaging 21.5 yards per catch this season. Jackson runs a 4.25 in the 40. He is a second-round draft pick Philly took a chance on. Jackson, who attended the U. of California, fell in the draft because NFL scouting gurus felt he was an off-field problem waiting to happen.
The Iggles also have 22-year-old wide receiver Jeremy Maclin out of Missouri, who runs a 4.35 40 and is averaging 15.4 yards per catch. Their top running back, LeSean McCoy, is 22 years old, runs a 4.4, and is on pace to gain over 1,000 yards rushing while projecting to catch 82 passes this season.
Not even going to mention 25-year-old Brent Celek, a tight end who catches a lot of passes over the deep middle of opposing defenses.
No, the radio guys can talk about Vick all they want. But when the NY Giants coaching staff starts preparing for Sunday night's game against Philly, they know it isn't just Michael Vick who is igniting Philly's offense. They're football people, not morons.